Shedding the stigma of bland TV diners of yesteryear, frozen food has entered the twenty-first century as a practical, delicious and highly nutritious option for today’s consumer. Research has shown that frozen produce has a nutritional value that’s equal to, and at times even higher than, fresh alternatives.
Frozen foods are picked at peak quality
It all starts when the produce is picked. Commercially grown fresh foods are harvested before they’re fully mature to accommodate for storage and travel times. Unfortunately, premature picking time limits their nutritional potential.
In contrast, soon-to-be frozen produce is grown to full, delicious ripeness. This gives popular frozen produce like spinach, broccoli, carrots and berries a stronger nutrient density and a greater amount of vitamins and minerals than their fresh counterparts.
Freezing preserves nutrients and vitamins
The average American family wastes about $1,500 of food annually. A contributor to this statistic is a story many of us can relate to — have you ever reached for a pristine apple or springy leafy green, only to realize that it’s prime has come and gone?
Oxygen exposure is a natural and inevitable part of a fresh food’s life span, which begins as soon as it’s picked. This continues at home, where just a few days in the fridge can significantly reduce a food’s nutritional value.
Freezing as a preservation method has clear advantages. After being picked, the produce is immediately packaged in a nitrogen-rich environment. This delays the degrading impact of oxygen and locks in high levels of nutrients right up until the moment that you’re ready to eat and enjoy your food. The vitamins and minerals are retained and there’s no change to carbohydrate, protein or fat content.
A practical, affordable option for any season
Superior shelf life means that we can benefit from a large diversity of frozen foods, no matter what season it is, or where you live. Today you can find frozen alternatives from every food group like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein.
The economic and practical benefits of frozen foods can be a lifesaver. Whether it’s using berries for a midday smoothie or a stir fry mix for dinner, not only are frozen foods quick meal savers, but they’re often an affordable and convenient option that reduces food waste.
We’re living in an exciting time for frozen produce! Not only are there are proven nutritional and environmental advantages, but frozen food also has its practical benefits. When a busy schedule or tight budget calls for something quick and delicious, frozen fruits and vegetables can come to the rescue, offering the nutrients and vitamins needed for a healthy diet.
At Cadence, we’ve taken this to the next level with our flash-freezing process, which not only retains a food’s maximum nutritional value but also is 100% preservative-free. Check out the benefits of this technology as well as our delicious menu options on our website.
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